Black America: Breaking the “Obama Spell”

Black America: Breaking the “Obama Spell”

“Breaking the Obama spell is a must-do task for a renewed movement for social justice and for peace. There is nothing complicated about it. You simply tell the truth. Obama works for Wall Street and the militarists; that is the truth. If we play around with these essential truths, we defeat our selves”
-Glen Ford, of “The Black Agenda Report.”

“It turns out that Obama is the killer application for the other side. He is their secret weapon. His very presence in the white house is a narcotic, an hallucination, that causes ALL of the so-called traditional base of the democratic party to loose some degree of reality, but is most destructive in black America.”

–Author & speaker Glenn Ford, executive editor of “The Black Agenda Report”

“The Pew Poll shows conclusively that blacks are the most upbeat about the economy of all groups. And that a large proportion actually believes that they are better off than before the great recession.
This is madness.
And this madness, this great historical anomaly, can all be explained in one word: Obama.
It turns out that Obama is the killer application for the other side. He is their secret weapon. His very presence in the white house is a narcotic, an hallucination, that causes ALL of the so-called traditional base of the democratic party to loose some degree of reality, but is most destructive in black America.”

–author Glenn Ford, of Black Agenda Report speaking at United National Peace conference

Glenn Ford: “The culture of resistance is what historically made the black community the most reliably progressive antiwar demographic in the United States.
“It was not that black people were smarter than anybody else. We were just less confused. We had a better and a clearer idea of who the enemy was.
“That was yesterday.
“Today our job is exponentially more difficult, because black people, who not too long ago were the rock of progressivism, are MORE confused about some things than most everybody else.
“In the real world, blacks have been pushed to an even lower level of hell by the great recession, on top of the previous recession. It has been an unmitigated disaster in which blacks have fared far worse than every other major group. But the pew poll shows conclusively that blacks are the most upbeat about the economy of all groups. And that a large proportion actually believes that they are better off than before the great recession.
“This is madness.
“And this madness, this great historical anomaly, can all be explained in one word: Obama.
“It turns out that Obama is the killer application for the other side. He is their secret weapon. His very presence in the white house is a narcotic, a hallucination, that causes ALL of the so-called traditional base of the democratic party to loose some degree of reality, but is most destructive in black America.
“It was as this great crisis of the black American polity was unfolding that the “Black is Back” coalition for social justice, peace and reparations, came into being. It was clear, to the coalition that unless and until Obama’s pass is revoked in the black community, we cannot organize effectively.
“For Black is Back, breaking the obama spell is a must-do task for a renewed movement for social justice and for peace. There is nothing complicated about it. You simply tell the truth. Obama works for Wall Street and the militarists; that is the truth. If we play around with these essential truths, we defeat our selves.
“The definition of defeat is a black America that is asleep. Right now, there is a determined effort, to use the tea parties white nationalist ravings, to mobilize a circling of the black wagons around Obama. Thus diverting attention from the fact that Obama works for Wall Street and the militarists. Those same forces will try to morph NAACP and organized labor marches into a rah-rah rally for Obama, and the democrats.
“We, at the Black is Back coalition, must speak the truth, and Obama must get NO PASS, because giving a pass to “Obama is to give a pass to war, and to Wall Street.”

—Glenn Ford, of “Black Agenda Report”, speaking at United National Peace conference.

Obama: Not lesser but “more effective of two evils” -Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

Glen Ford: “Barak Obama is a more effective evil because there is no effective opposition to the evil that he brings about. The progressives and certainly the most progressive group historically in the United States, black folks, had basically collapsed in terms of any resistance to Obama’s right wing politics. And therefore Obama is able to accomplish that which George Bush, or a John McCain, or a Mitt Romney could not have hoped to accomplish.”
“At the top of that list is preventive detention.
“George Bush claimed it [but] he never even tried to get that codified in an explicit bill through congress because he knew that he probably would be defeated. The democrats would have fought that. That kind of power in the hands of George bush? –Ooo!- that sends chills down peoples spines. But Barak Obama pushed it through and signed it into law New Years Eve of last year, effectively nullifying much of the Bill of Rights. That ranks Obama as the more effective evil.
“I don’t believe a republican could have accomplished that. I don’t believe a republican could have gotten away with waging undeclared war for seven months along with his NATO allies against Libya, and then coming back and saying that it was none of the congress’s business because, well, it really wasn’t a war, because supposedly no Americans got killed. And there we have a new Obama Doctrine; it’s not a Bush Doctrine; it’s not a Republican Doctrine; it’s an Obama Doctrine, that no war exists unless Americans die in some significant numbers.
“This means that Barak Obama has given himself the power to use military force against anybody without provocation in the world, and not even report to congress about it unless Americans die in significant numbers.
“That’s not a lesser evil, that’s a much more effective evil.”

–Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report.